Employees of the Oyster Creek Nuclear Power Plant in Lacey Township have always dug deeply into their pockets to support the United Way of Ocean County. This year, it's deeper than ever.

Oyster Creek employees celebrate their record-breaking $301,000 donation for the United Way of Ocean County . Pictured (From top left): Garey Stathes, Oyster Creek Site Vice President; Al Devries; Declan Doran; Ruben Martinez; Mike Strawser; Ashok Syngal; Linda Gyimoty, Executive Director, United Way of Ocean County.
(From middle left): Dana Ivan; Dori Craig; Rose Booth; Carolina Dionisio; Nancy Eriksen, Records Manager for Oyster Creek and President, Board of Directors, United Way of Ocean County.
(From bottom left): Kazz Johnson and Phil Scallon. (United Way of Ocean County)

The workers collected $301,000, their largest-ever one-year amount for the charitable group.

The donation helps support services including child care, youth programs, disaster recovery, disease prevention, assistance to the disabled, counseling, senior services, emergency aid, and many other programs.

It hasn't been a cakewalk for plant employees - many of whom face the same overwhelming costs of Superstorm recovery as the rest of the shore survivors. Uncertainty over the generating station's future adds to the anxiety, as the targeted 2019 closure date nears.

Still, 110 workers contributed more than $1,000 each, and 370 donated altogether, according to officials at the generating station.

"Despite all of the environmental factors going on around them, the employees of the Exelon Oyster Creek Generating Station came through with flying colors for their Ocean County neighbors most in need,” said Linda Gyimoty, Executive Director, United Way of Ocean County, in a prepared statement.

Oyster Creek's Site Vice President Garey L. Stathes remarked that the workers have always maintained "unwavering commitment" to the community in which they serve and live. “We are very proud to support the United Way of Ocean County and the agencies that it serves.”